These creamy vegan coconut key lime bars make for an easy yet crowd-pleasing dinner party dessert.
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wateras needed to blend, will not need for high-speed blender
WHIPPED COCONUT CREAM TOPPING
1cupcoconut creamfrom can, chilled about 2 hours, or overnight (use Thai Kitchen brand)
Lime wedgescut small
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In preparation for making the whipped coconut cream later, place a metal mixing bowl and the 2 beaters from an electric beater in the refrigerator to get cold.
Make the crust: In a blender, blend the dates, tigernut flour, coconut flour, and cinnamon. Add a little bit of water, 1 teaspoon at a time, to help it blend, if needed. A dough-like consistency should form.
Line a 7x7 baking dish with parchment paper, so that you can easily remove the cake when done. Use your fingers to push the tigernut/date mixture into the bottom of the pan, evenly, to form the crust.
Next, make the key lime filling: Into a blender, add cashews, lime juice, coconut nectar, coconut oil, and vanilla. Blend until completely smooth, then pour on top of the crust. Place the baking dish in the refrigerator for about 4 hours until set.
When the key lime portion has set, remove from the refrigerator, and carefully lift the cake out onto a flat surface. Cut into even size bars or squares.
To make the whipped coconut cream: Remove the refrigerated mixing bowl, beaters, and coconut milk from the fridge. Open the can and use a spoon to scoop out the top thick white layer of coconut cream, reserving the liquid below for another use. Using and electric beater, beat the coconut cream in a bowl until stiff peaks form, about 5 minutes.
Fill a pastry bag (or a zip-top bag with a corner cut off) with the coconut cream.
Top each square with a dollop of coconut cream, toasted coconut, and a lime wedge.
Maria Marlowe is a holistic nutritionist and wellness coach who uses real food to help her clients improve their health, weight, and skin. She offers meal plans, ongoing group workshops both in NYC and online, and writes healthy and delicious recipes for her popular blog. She is also the author of The Real Food Grocery Guide, the most practical guide to selecting the healthiest foods, without going broke. Praised by Dr. Oz and InStyle magazine, it was a #1 new release on Amazon.